I am (briefly) back because I would like to contribute to the improvement of this resource.
Yes, this is long. Sorry. Please bear with me.
1. Format is extremely important to setting tone. No, it's not the sole
factor. But lots of visual clutter leads to cluttered discussion. And
personally, I find it difficult to read posts that span the entire screen
surrounded by icons. I realize that's maybe just me, but I also find that
forums that eschew this format tend to attract users who actually
*contribute* to discussions rather than just one-upping or posting me too!!!!!!
> there has to be a way to limit peoples thread diarhea.
2. Yeah. There are some really nice, simple models for this. Not
necessarily limiting it, but containing it so that the remainder of the
forums are usable. For example, see Salon's Table Talk community standards
(if that doesn't work, please go to salon.com, select Dialogue, then Table
Talk, then Help, the Community Standards). This does, by the way, not
allow people to register with free email addresses, and requests that they
not create multiple identities.
3. Tiara, you rock. A lot.
4. Don Muerto, re: usability. Yes, this format is a lot more familiar than
WebX was. That has its pros and cons. On the old one you clearly missed
the one button which could have made your life easier, and which is the
bane of frequent users of this board: subscriptions. Some of the stuff on
WebX was clunky. But I never had to click in four fucking places and
browse backwards to figure out where I left off.
> There was plenty of flaming on the old and there is plenty on the new.
5. I beg to differ. There was very little flaming on the old eplaya. There
was the occasional fuckwit post. But flame wars? I can count them on one
hand. For the new eplaya, my old Intel processor is having floating point
errors counting them. And no, I didn't contribute to them.
> The old eplaya had a somewhat "clubby" feel to it sometimes,
6. Yeah. It did. Mea culpa. But it wasn't a "stay out" club. It was a "figure
out the secret handshake, of which there are as many as there are
members" club. Goes back to netiquette.
> a short thread on basic netiquette would be nice,
7. Oh bullshit. (K, not a personal attack; I like you a lot). Fine. In the FAQ
have a link to any fucking netiquette thread out there. It's not the job of
every fucking resource to hold the hand of every fucking twelve year old
to first wield a keyboard. Yeah, there will be newbies here. I've not yet
seen one who just hadn't read the FAQ and got more than a single
response saying RTFM. If you're clearly clueless, you're offered a clue. If
you're willfully clueless, it's not my job to train you. I dunno, maybe
that's Digiman's fundamental problem. K, will you please hold his hand?
Because I'm tempted to shit in it instead.
8. I firmly believe that moderators should both read the threads and not
be emotionally involved in them. I think moderators serve a valuable
function: keeping informational threads informational, chatty threads
chatty, and scanning for trolls so that should members complain there's
a trail to follow.
>and because if you can't say something nice,
>come sit next to me.
9. Doing anything this weekend?